Meeker Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) was organized in the fall of 1949 and additional townships were added in 1951 and 1953 and all cities were added in July of 1972. The SWCD was organized for the purpose of assisting land occupiers in dealing with a wide range of conservation protection, flood prevention measures, farm forestry, wildlife improvement, recreation and rural area development within the 17 townships of Meeker County.
SWCDs are political subdivisions of the State of Minnesota and were established under Minnesota Statute 103C-Soil and Water Conservation District Law. There are currently 91 SWCDs in Minnesota, with some of the larger counties having more than one. Each SWCD is governed by an elected group of five supervisors which set overall policy and long-term objectives for their district and work with the SWCD staff to ensure that policies and plans are implemented.
Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) share a common mission to provide technical assistance for the implementation of conservation practices that protect and enhance the natural resources of the state. Our shared responsibilities are to individual landowners and the general public we serve.
As the implementers of state and federal cost-share programs and providers of technical assistance, we have the responsibility to ensure that technical representatives for individual projects have the appropriate expertise and authority for the roles assigned.